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Finding an Apartment in London

Finding an Apartment in London

In about a month’s time, I will be traveling to London for work.  We are meeting some new clients in person over there, and provided that our initial meeting goes well, I am expecting to spend about three weeks over there working.  While this might sound fun, it has been a real challenge finding lodging.

On one hand I could stay at a hotel the entire time, but the truth of the matter is that it would be very expensive.  We want to walk away from this client with money in-hand, so wasting it all on a hotel room makes no sense.

There had to be a more economical way for our company to secure lodging for three weeks.

While looking for a solution, I was able to find a good discount at Airbnb.  This site provided the opportunity for someone like myself to find lodging at a rate that was much lower than any hotel room I could find.  Honestly, I wasn’t sacrificing anything by going this route, and I would be just as cozy staying in an apartment.

So, I booked it.

While we have never done this type of booking in the past, staying in an apartment will now be the way we operate moving forward.  It just makes sense.

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May 22, 20150 comments
Played Final Fantasy 14 All Night

Played Final Fantasy 14 All Night

Well, it is just after six in the morning and I need to go to bed.  What started out as “just a few hours” of playing Final Fantasy XIV last night turned into an all-nighter.  I was pretty excited to play after buying some FFXIV gil to upgrade my equipment, and after the shopping spree I had in the game, I decided to play a little.

I had all of my snacks and a big bottle of pop right at my desk to drink, so there was no reason for me to get up.  Sure, I took a few breaks to stare out at the city below me, but otherwise, I was content to sit at the computer and play all night.

I had a lot of fun.

Thankfully I have the day off of work today, so I can head to bed right after eating some breakfast.  I will have to sleep for awhile, but I might get up later to keep playing.  It is really nice to finally play a game that has hooked me – it has been so long since one has really grabbed me and hooked me in.

Well, I’m off to bed for a few hours – when I get up, I will have to play for a bit longer since FFXIV is so much fun.

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Buying New Equipment in RuneScape 3.0

Buying New Equipment in RuneScape 3.0

While I haven’t been playing RuneScape 3 for very long, I love it.  I have played the RuneScape series since the beginning, and RS3 has been the most beautiful installment yet.  It is my escape for when I am home from work and the kids are in bed, and I really wish I could play it a lot more than I do.

The one area that I struggle in the game is with gold.  I don’t have the time to really dedicate to the game, so if there is a new piece of equipment that I would like to buy, it would just take me too long to collect enough money on my own.  So there are many areas where my character just can’t handle the monsters, and I have been looking for ways to remedy that situation.

After doing a little research, I found a place to buy RS 3 gold.  The site I found was IGXE.com, a marketplace for people looking to buy currencies for their favorite games.  What I loved was that they really focused on two things: quick delivery and safety.  No one wants to get their account banned for buying gold, and these guys knew the safe way to transfer gold to my account.

It only took a few hours after I bought the gold to have it transferred to my account, and I was able to use it immediately.  I upgraded my character’s equipment and the game became a whole lot easier.  If I ever need to upgrade my equipment in the future, I will buy some RS3 gold again as it makes more sense than wasting time farming for it.

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May 21, 20150 comments
Bought Some Gil in Final Fantasy XIV

Bought Some Gil in Final Fantasy XIV

I have been a real Final Fantasy fan since the original came out for the Nintendo Entertainment system so many years ago.  There have been a lot of changes and stories told over the years, and I have been happy to live through all of them.  While I didn’t like the original version of Final Fantasy IV, I decided to pickup a copy of FFXIV: A Realm Reborn and give it a try.

What I had not expected was the amount of free time that I would need to really progress through the game.  With a fulltime job, I really didn’t have the same amount of time to dedicate to a video game, and it was apparent that I wasn’t going to make it very far with what little gil (the in-game currency) that I had.

Since I am an impatient fellow, I decided that instead of trading my time to farm money in the game, I would buy it instead.  It didn’t take me long to find a site that sold cheap FFXIV gil and order some for my account.  The gil was delivered quickly and I was so happy that I was able to upgrade my equipment and have an easier time with the game.

In the future, if I feel that I need some new equipment for my character, I am just going to buy the gil instead of spending my time grinding to get it – it just makes more sense.

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Remocam Promises Home Security at your Fingertips

Remocam Promises Home Security at your Fingertips

Home security is an important issue for everyone.  Every year the number of homes that are victims of break and enters increases.  For families like ours, we also worry about what the babysitter or nanny is doing while we are away from the home.  Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a solution on the market that made it economical to keep an eye on your house while you were not there.

Until now.

The Remocam security camera has been designed to make it easy to keep an eye on your home while you are not there.  It connects seamlessly to your wireless network and allows you to stream a video feed from your home right to an app on your smartphone.

But it is more than a simple security camera.

In fact, the Remocam allows you to automate your home right from your smartphone.  It works with some other accessories to allow you to control lighting, wall outlets and even feed your pet.  It can even control any device in your home that already uses a remote control.  There are also other automation applications that they will be providing in future releases of this cutting edge security camera.

Where can you get a Remocam of your own?

Great question.  Currently they are raising funds with an IndieGoGo campaign to start commercial production of the Remocam.  After the campaign is complete, they are hoping to start producing and shipping in August.

To learn more about the Remocam and how you can help them bring it to market, visit http://igg.me/at/remocam

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May 20, 20151 comment
Fundraising for New Team Jerseys

Fundraising for New Team Jerseys

After our school made the mistake of buying cheap jerseys last year for the volleyball team that fell apart, we found ourselves raising money for the second year in a row to buy new team jerseys.  The kids needed them to play their sports, and the school certainly didn’t have any money in the budget for them.  So, we will be doing a series of fundraisers to make enough money to get new jerseys for the team.

Instead of letting the school take care of buying the jerseys, the parent committee has decided to be the ones responsible for buying the clothes.  As a committee, we have decided to buy based on quality instead of just price.  Don’t get me wrong – we don’t want to spend any more money than we have to, but we don’t want to be buying new uniforms again next year.

After doing some research, we decided that we were going to use Augusta Sportswear branded clothing for our uniforms.  We chose them for the high quality products that they make at an affordable price.  We were not going to have to compromise by going with this brand as they carried the latest trendy designs, carried all sizes up to a 5XL and are known in the uniform business as a solid and reputable company.

While we won’t be using these new uniforms this year, I can’t wait to see the team outfitted in them starting in the fall.  But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself – we have some fundraising to do first.

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Saving Money Making Coffee at Home

Saving Money Making Coffee at Home

I start my morning each and every day with a hot cup of coffee.  It serves to wake me up and gets me ready for my day.  I was usually in a rush in the morning, so I would grab a coffee at Tim Horton’s on the way to work.  Getting my coffee each day worked well like this for me, and I didn’t think much of it.

But when I was working on my budget for the month, I discovered how much money I was spending on coffee each month and I was shocked – it was more that $100 for the 20 days each month that I went to work.  That $1,200 per year would make the start of a nice vacation fund, so I started looking into ways to save money while feeding my need for coffee.

After a little research, I decided the most economical way was to start making coffee at home.  I bought a coffee maker, a can of coffee and tried to figure out how to make it on my own.

That was a big mistake.

The coffee that I made on my own was hardly palatable, and I couldn’t make a decent cup.

It couldn’t be that hard to make a cup of coffee, right?

Well, it was for me.  So I sought out a guide on how to make coffee at home.  I ended up at KnowYourGrinder.com, a site for everyone that wants to learn how to brew a delicious cup of coffee.  The guide that I read was a lifesaver and I learned exactly where I was going wrong in my brewing process.

Now I am able to brew a delightful cup of coffee in the comfort of my home each and every morning before I go to work.  With all the money I have been saving each day by not buying coffee on the way to work, I am hoping to take a vacation to somewhere warm next January.

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CuriousZed A Master of Combining Photography and Art

CuriousZed A Master of Combining Photography and Art

When it comes to judging whether or not a photograph is good or not, I would have to say that I am a pretty harsh critic.  I grew up in a home where one of my parents ran a stock photography agency, so I had the opportunity to see thousands of extremely high quality photos.  Not only has that cultured an eye for detail, but it has also made me one of the pickiest people I know.

It takes a lot to impress me.

When I was in the Netherlands last month, a good friend of mine took me to the ‘Arcana’ exhibition that showcased the work of a photographer Zdenek Sindelar, a.k.a. CuriousZed.  I didn’t know what to expect at the show, but I was hoping to be surprised.

MatresseLaGloire - photo by CuriosZed

And surprised is exactly the word that I would use.  It was a fresh take on photography that I had not seen in some time.  His work was inspired by Old-Master’s-paintings with a modern twist.  Each piece told a story and captured a moment.

Still Alive by CuriosZed.com

It took me awhile to make it around the exhibition, as I found myself taking each image in and enjoying the best combination of photography and art that I have seen in my entire life.

It is truly a rare thing to see a photographer with such skill at such a young age, but CuriosZed is a master of his craft.

To see more of his images and what can be accomplished with a camera, visit his site at http://www.curiouszed.com/

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Picking out the Perfect Birthday Gift

Picking out the Perfect Birthday Gift

My brother is one of the hardest people to buy gifts for.  You see, he doesn’t talk a whole lot, so it is hard to catch him talking about something that he really wants.  Most of the time when he does let it slip that he wants a particular item, he buys it anyway.

Which can make shopping for a gift for him very frustrating.

But I did catch a hint of what he wanted for his birthday this past weekend.  While we were out in the yard with the kids, he was arguing with his wife about buying a Da Buddha vaporizer.  He wanted one, but she didn’t want him to get one.

I had no idea what they were talking about, so when I went home I went on the internet to check things out.  As it turned out, he wanted the best herbal vaporizer on the market, and since it was in my price range, I bought him one.

While I know that he will love his birthday gift from me, I hope that it doesn’t cause any bad blood between his wife and I.  We have always had a rocky relationship anyway, but I still like to try and keep the peace.

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Quality Steaks Delivered Right to your Door

Quality Steaks Delivered Right to your Door

One of my biggest pet peeves with the flyers that you see every week from the supermarkets is that they only show you cooked food instead of raw meat.  If I am going to buy meat I want to see what it looks like raw before I decide to buy it.  Nine times out of ten I bring home meat from the supermarket and it just doesn’t turn out the way it is illustrated in the flyer.

So, I quit buying meat at the supermarket and found another supplier instead.

I started using the steak delivery service from MeatManSteaks.com.  The company was founded on the simple principle that people like you and me should be able to buy restaurant quality meats at a good price.  What really sold me on the service is that they know where the meat they sell comes from, what it was fed and how it was raised.  In our world where most companies will sell you meat that was raised using hormones and steroids, it is wonderful to see a company that is being responsible about the meat that they sell.

The Meatman has really changed my expectations when it comes to shopping for meat for my family.

To learn more about The Meatman, the meats they carry, and how you can have restaurant-quality meat delivered right to your door, visit https://meatmansteaks.com/

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